WHAT WE’RE DOING
Through our public awareness campaign, we’re heightening awareness of the plight of our most vulnerable kids and the obsolete disciplinary practices that contribute to their alienation and marginalization. Through our trainings, free web-based resources, and scholarships, we are ensuring that the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model is readily available and accessible to those in the greatest need, especially schools with high rates of detention, suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment, restraint, seclusion, and/or disproportionality. We have already helped hundreds of schools reduce or eliminate discipline referrals, detentions, and suspensions. And we have dramatically reduced or eliminated the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities. But staff in many similar settings are still unaware of how to do things differently, and are still relying on archaic, punitive strategies that simply fuel alienation and disenfranchisement. There’s a lot more work to be done.
Lives in the Balance supports and endorses the federal Keeping All Students Safe Act.
Lives in the Balance supports and endorses the federal Protecting Our Students in School Act.
Coming Soon! An Advocacy in Action section on this website!